June 15, 2008 - "Seven people, including a baby, were killed in a blast that destroyed the home of a Palestinian militant."
This statement comes from a report by the BBC. While the report did not say so explicitly, the context made it appear that it was
And Hamas made exactly that accusation and used it as an excuse to launch more than 50 mortar shells and rockets into
But eventually the truth came out: the blast was caused by Hamas terrorists' faulty handling of explosives as they prepared for yet another attack on Israeli civilians. Even the BBC admitted as much in a later report: "The armed wing of Hamas has admitted that a massive explosion in the
This is not the first time such things have happened, even in the town of
This appears to be a pattern. A year before
It is especially disheartening when an organization that claims to promote "conflict resolution" uses such incidents as excuses for hostile behavior towards
Well, for the record, I do condemn the killing of a whole family on the
The Palestinian people have used and still are using armed resistance as one way of resisting the occupation. Despite the fact that the United Nations has acknowledged the right of all people to resist occupation, there is much international criticism of this method of resistance.
If only there were more international criticism of this violent "resistance." What is now called "resistance" is a war against
I would love to see an end to the occupation of the territories where Palestinians now live. In fact, I supported the end of the
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BBC. "Hamas Set Off Massive
Katz, Yaakov and